I am buying a house in Airdrie. The house comes with a detached garage pad that will be poured next spring (2017). I do not have the choice to hire my own contractor (I tried). Garage is going in back yard.
Question is do I put a 12" concrete curb in? Builder wants $3351 for this curb. I would like to but I feel like that is a rip off. Is it necessary or is concrete pad sufficient?
That is a question of constant debate. As a general contractor I always build with a curb. It increases the life of your garage. Lifts organic construction materials away from moisture. Most concrete guys want to do a slab on grade versus ponywall/curb because it is easier at price point for the concrete cribbing required. The curb however makes it easier for the framers since the slab should be sloped and the curb should be level across the top making it faster and easier to frame. So there is a trade off. It is definitely more expensive to place a curb with the slab but it makes for a better build with more longevity. The price you were quoted is something that you should try and shop around.
A curb in the long run is definitely better than not, in order to protect the wood. If this curb is poured and not blocks this is good. If the curb goes in at the same time or before the slab this is better. Make sure they use Steel (Rebar) Not 6 x 6 wire or mesh if you don't want it to crack. It does not sound like you have much say in anything even though you are paying for the work. Get warranties in writing about cracks and repair etc.
Thanks for the responses.
Can I pour concrete pad 1st (this a requirement builder, no option I tried). So total size is 22x24. Curb is 7" wide, so pad pour from builder would be 20'8" x 22'8". Then after they are done use my contractor of choice and then pour the 7" curb and apron afterwards?
Is this bad, good, stupid? Be honest, I like things done properly.
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